FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts explores contemporary approaches to branding, advertising and graphic design through a range of media and processes. The course has been developed in collaboration with key design industry practitioners to reflect current working practices.

  • Facts

    Course Director

    Matthew Hawkins - Acting Course Director

    Course Location

    Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

    Study LevelUndergraduate
    Study ModeFull time
    Course Length2 years
    Home/EU Fee

    £9,000 per year

    International Fee

    £15,180 per year

    International fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course

    Start DateSeptember 2014
    Autumn Term DatesMonday 29 September - Friday 12 December 2014
    Spring Term DatesMonday 12 January - Friday 27 March 2015
    Summer Term DatesMonday 27 April - Friday 26 June 2015
    Application Route

    Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

    UCAS CodeW201
    University CodeU65
  • Content and Structure

    Content: what students can expect

    • To explore key practical and conceptual strategies involved in the creation of communication across different media
    • To explore strategies for the implementation of brand identity and the development of communication in relation to advertising and marketing
    • To look at the impact of advanced technologies on working methods
    • To examine communication and management strategies necessary for successful team working, students will start to identify their own specialist interests
    • Sustained periods of work-based learning that allow students to engage directly with design industry representatives and make valuable contacts
    • To develop written, verbal and visual communication skills, which will prepare them for their chosen industry
    • A combination of industry set and personally devised work projects that allows for further examination of ideas and concepts
    • Units that relate specifically to work-based learning through live projects, work placements and collaborative research


    Year One

    • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Design
    • Unit 2: Defining the subject - Process, methodology and diagnostic study
    • Unit 3: Work based learning 1 - Making contact with the industry
    • Unit 4: Defining the subject - Sustained specialist exploration

    Year Two

    • Unit 5: Evaluation and individual programme of study planning
    • Unit 6: Work based learning 2
    • Unit 7: Reflection, planning and presentation
    • Unit 8: Individual programme of study

    At the end of the year, students are given detailed guidance about how to appropriately approach employers. Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables them to apply to the final year of the Camberwell BA Graphic Design course.

    Work experience and opportunities

    FdA Graphic Design students get to work with Camberwell’s partners from the industry, gaining insight into the key issues of contemporary graphic design practice. Previous collaborators have included Bibliothèque, Kin, Moving Brands and UsTwo amongst others.

  • Staff

    Matthew Hawkins - Acting Course Director

    Matthew is also Acting Course Director for FdA Illustration.



  • Careers

    Having completed a period of work-based learning, our FdA Graphic Design students are able to go straight into employment with recent graduates having found jobs at companies such as Bibliothéque, Dave, the Design Studio, Faber & Faber, FiveFootSix, Johnston Works, Kino Design, Quayola and Sky Creative.

    Students can also apply to the third year of Camberwell's Graphic Design or Illustration degree courses, subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the College's bridging studies programme.


  • Entry Requirements

    We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

    Applicants are expected to have:

    • A portfolio of work
    • 1 GCE A Level or equivalent (achieved or expected)
    • 3 GCSEs grade C or above
    • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
    • IELTS level 5.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

    Portfolio advice

    • The portfolio should be mainly made up of work that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of utilising process and methodology to generate design solutions
    • You should show a desire to engage with contemporary practice in relation to graphic design, 3D design, advertising, architecture, typography and illustration
    • You should show a desire to engage with and utilise language and an interest in working with typography
    • An ability to analyse, interpret and respond to content in order to create successful pieces of communication is also important

  • Apply

    Home / EU applicants

    You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

    • University code - U65
    • UCAS course code - W201

    The UCAS annual deadline for applications is 15 January.

    For more information please contact us:

    International applicants

    There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

    To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

    Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 276 KB]

    International Office
    Chelsea College of Arts 
    16 John Islip Street
    SW1P 4JU

    For more information please contact our International Office: